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What causes flu-like illness, followed by weakness, coughing, and other symptoms?


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Published At January 18, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I recently had a severe flu-like illness about a week ago, which included a persistent sensation of mucus in my throat. I took some over-the-counter medication and felt better. However, a few days ago, I experienced a lot of stress, and for the past two days, I have been feeling weak, losing my appetite, and experiencing muscle fatigue. I have also noticed insomnia-like symptoms, occasional coughing especially at night, and feeling slightly feverish. I also took Bunnlyn syrup, but now I have a headache. Could my symptoms be related to COVID-19 or HIV?

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I want to reassure you that I am here to provide you with the best care possible. In relation to your symptoms, you have been diagnosed with malaria along with an upper respiratory tract infection. Have you undergone a PCR test to rule out COVID-19?

I suggest you take the following medications:

  1. Tablet Acetaminophen 500 mg - Take orally three times a day.
  2. Tablet Rimegepant 75 mg - Take orally once daily.
  3. Capsule Piroxicam 40 mg - Take once daily.
  4. Tablet Artemeter 100 mg - Take orally twice a day.
  5. Capsule Co-Amoxiclav (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg - Take orally twice a day.
  6. Tablet Vitamin C 1000 mg - Take orally three times a day.
  7. Tablet Ketoconazole 200 mg - Take orally once daily.
  8. Tablet Acyclovir 800 mg - Take orally twice a day.
  9. Tablet Hydroxyzine 25 mg - Take orally three times a day.

Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and then take the medications as per their advice. If your symptoms persist, please schedule a follow-up appointment through chat, phone, or video consultation.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia
Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

General Practitioner

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